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Take Us to Your Chief

June 2017

“…The introduction of First Nations traditions, family ties, and cultural experiences to these recognizable sci-fi scenarios offers new insights into the human condition, and that’s what good sci-fi is all about…Enjoyable, engaging tales…It’s absolutely wonderful stuff. Take Us to Your Chief is sci-fi with heart, storytelling done right.”

Seattle Book Review, Jun 26, 2017
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Take Us to Your Chief

June 2017

“…Taylor proves that Native science fiction can be both entertaining and serious about Native history and life….Although the tropes are well worn at this point in science fiction’s evolution, Hayden Taylor’s Native point of view and artistic sensibility make them fresh again…The collection is peppered with smart humour. In less assured hands, the serious and humorous elements of the story might have clanked together, diminishing both. However, Hayden Taylor is a skillful storyteller and the shift in tone is handled so deftly that the story as a whole is very satisfying…A book like Take Us to Your Chief could help non-Natives understand Native lives much better than a dozen newspaper articles about life on the Res, or 100 Royal Commissions on the treatment of Natives by the government.”

Amazing Stories Magazine, Jun 1, 2017
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Take Us to Your Chief

April 2017

“...the intention behind Taylor’s experimentation remains the same: to expand the definition of First Nations literature... playfully subversive tone, the rest of the collection is a romp through terrain that—once recognizable—has been made over by Taylor’s Frankenstein-esque treatment of genre. Science fiction, even when it is playing out the end of the world, is still intended to entertain, and Taylor leads with that, letting the seriousness of his themes arise unexpectedly...It is a quality of Taylor’s work to leave you with not one lasting thought but three or four, and he brings a healthy dose of levity to this collection along with more solemn moments.”

The Malahat Review, Apr 4, 2017
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April 2017

“amusing, often heartbreaking, and always thoughtful vision of science fiction through an Aboriginal perspective… these stories beg to be read aloud. From his conversational style, to the intimacy of the reader to the narrator's, Taylor’s voice shines through,…Taylor injects humour into even the darkest of his tales, and this works well to alleviate tension (when necessary), but also show another side to First Nations communities that is often misunderstood or ignored entirely—each story is sly and sharply observant… Take Us to Your Chief is a unique collection that offers a potent reminder of why science fiction is one of the most important literary mediums.”

Tor.com, Apr 1, 2017
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Take Us to Your Chief

January 2017

“...This short story collection mixing sci-fi with First Nations myths and contemporary politics highlights prolific writer Taylor’s formidable talents across genres. Taylor (The Night Wanderer) cleverly uses the tropes of science fiction—alien connections, government conspiracies, thinking machines, time travel—to frame colonial-indigenous relations in an off-kilter way….its intriguing combination of serious politics and good fun will appeal to a broad readership.”

Publishers Weekly, Jan 17, 2017
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Take Us to Your Chief

January 2017

“I absolutely loved Take Us To Your Chief, by Drew Hayden Taylor, which was just as fun as its cover promised, and meaningful in a way I should have expected…. I’ve cited nearly every story in the collection here because they were all of them hits, no misses. I read this book exclaiming at how fun it was, and appreciating the way in which Taylor plays with sci-fi tropes, and that each story pursues such a different line. And yet this collection is not merely an exercise in whimsy either—Taylor’s stories are fervent arguments as to the continuing tragedy of colonialism, which seems to be a solid through-line from the past and right into the future. Familiar ideas then, to those who’ve been paying attention, but the point is that too few are paying attention and maybe more might be with this fresh and utterly engaging context.”

Pickle Me This, Jan 5, 2017
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December 2016

“...Colonization is something native writers are all too aware of, and it ties into one of the great tropes of science-fiction: contact. Taylor believes that if native science-fiction does become a successful subgenre, contact will be one of its dominant metaphors – the way Earthlings in general and native people in particular will deal with extraterrestrial first encounters. Accordingly, one of the things that makes Taylor’s story collection so funny is the sardonic reaction of some characters to a hostile or duplicitous arrival.”

National Post, Dec 1, 2016
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October 2016

“This writing is not a subgenre unto itself yet, but it should be. A critical engagement with the present and a promise of futurity.”

The Globe and Mail, Oct 1, 2016
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October 2016

“...[Drew Hayden Taylor] has found a brilliant way to spotlight the true dystopian condition of Canada’s First Nations people through classic themes first used by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and even Stan Lee...Occasionally, Taylor chooses a darker tone. With reflective Bradbury-esque melancholy, Taylor presents the truth of the human condition...with a recognized need for change in the perception of Canada’s indigenous peoples, literature like this is timely, needed and logical…”

Winnipeg Free Press, Oct 1, 2016
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October 2016

“Drew Hayden Taylor has broken new ground with the release of his book Take Us to Your Chief...Skillfully interweaving classic science fiction narratives, such as time travel and artificial intelligence, with First Nations issues—historical trauma, the preservation of culture, and “the Good and Bad Native” —Taylor ensured the book had appeal to a wide audience, readers 14 to 84.”

Windspeaker, Oct 1, 2016
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